Saina Nehwal takes Germany's cunt, Kidambi defeats Shubhankar Dey and Jayaram's Cristo Popov of France
Pranav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy defeated Denmark's Mathias-Aleksandra Boe in Mix Doubles
Dainik BhaskarFeb 20, 2020, 09:35 AM IST Sports Desk. Indian badminton stars Saina Nehwal, Kindabi Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram have reached the Barcelona Spain Masters pre-quarterfinal on Wednesday. While HS Prannoy and P Kashyap have crashed out of the tournament. Olympic bronze medalist Saina defeated Yoni Li of Germany 21-16 21-14 in the first round. The match lasted for 35 minutes. Saina will have to perform well to remain in the Olympic race. She has advanced from the first round in only one of the three tournaments this year.
At the same time, the third seed Kidambi defeated compatriot Shubhankar Dey 23-21 21-18 in 41 minutes. While Jayaram defeated Kristo Popov of France 21-14 21-12 in straight sets. The match lasted for 30 minutes.
Kashyap beat Hatpranay from the middle of the third game in the first round by Malaysia's Darren Liew 18-21 15-21 in straight sets. Kashyap withdrew from the third game against Ygor Kolho of Brazil. Both players had won one each in the first game. They were trailing 12-14 when Kashyap decided to pull out in the third game.
Pranav-Sikki won in Mix Doubles Pranav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy were successful in winning the first round match in Mix Doubles. They defeated Mathias Kristiansen and Aleksandra Boe of Denmark 10–21, 21–16, 21–17.